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2011 - Pesach
April 22, 2011




Passover Seder


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Pesach 2011


Beit Yeshua observed its 10th annual Pesach/Passover Seder on Friday, April 22, 2011, in the Family Life Center at Covenant Bible Church.  The facility was packed with a maximum crowd of 200 as family and friends from neighboring congregations, fellowships and churches joined with Beit Yeshua.

Set-Up on Thursday Night


The set-up crew from Beit Yeshua arrived at 6:30 on Thursday night
High and Low tables were set up - as well as chairs


Logan Ware places table cloths on the tables


Seder plates & other implements, as well as glasses for the 4-cups of wine/grape juice were added
Saucers & napkins were placed on the tables for reciting the plagues


Matzah trays, as well as name-place-cards, were added to all the tables
Candles, matches and broom-straw were added to selective tables


Flags, banners, Jerusalem mural and other decorations were added


[Todah Rabah (Thanks) to those of you who helped with set-up and clean-up afterwards]


Friday Night Pesach/Passover Seder


Final preparations are made and guests begin to arrive


Doug & Curtis greet Cathy (Highway to Zion) and Patti


Roger & Jinnie introduce Slavic & Mariya and several of their Romania friends
that they had invited to the Seder


Roger & Stela, Jinnie with Slavic & Mariya, Daniela, Kristina & David, Alex, Anatol and Ala


Myrl spends some time talking with Rob, Hollyn & Ian - a family from Covenant


Rev. C. L. Simmons, along with Wendi, Hannah, Charity, Dody, Jerry & Dalrene,
joined us from Longview Church of God


We were again pleased to have so many of our friends from Highway to Zion join with us


Iline adds parsley to the Seder plate as Ambrosia, Sarah, Steven and Joan watch


Judy, Francie, Paul, Dag, John Wayne, Chandradai, (Cheryl) & Bob


Marcia, Susan, Carolee, Merryl, Chuck & Stacy


(Left) Pastor Eric Reel of Freedom Church in Lincolnton Church always brings a group of
students from the Old Testament class he teaches at Gaston College in Lincolnton, NC
(Right) Curtis, Wayne & Chuck


Shofarot are sounded as the evening activities begin



Curtis welcomed everyone


The lady Machol Dancers dance the Israeli Folk Dance "Sheleg Al Iri"
to the song "Psalms of Praise" by Billy Whitman





A time of Praise, Worship & Israeli Folk Dance for the entire crowd
Singing & Dancing to "He Shall Reign" by Paul Wilbur


Men, women, boys, girls and teens join together to worship the LORD




Just like King Davie, even Pastor Eric & Pastor C.L. joined in the worship & dancing


Paul shows Ian how to blow the shofar



Everyone is seated and the Pesach Seder begins


To see a video of the beginning of the Seder


"Seder" means "the order"
A Seder
is a ceremonial dinner that commemorates the Jews' Exodus from Egypt and
includes the reading of the Haggadah and the eating of symbolic foods


"Haggadah" means "the telling" and refers to the part of the ceremony
where the story of the Israelites deliverance from Egypt is re-told



Susan leads the ladies as the festival candles are lit


Blessing Over the Candles

Baruch atah Adonai Eloheynu Melech ha’olam,
asher kidshanu bidevaro u’vishmo anachnu madlikim haneyrot shel yom tov.

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the universe,
Who has set up apart by His Word, and in whose Name we light the festival lights.




At Passover, we celebrate these promises of redemption and relationship
by drinking from our cups four times


The First Cup - the Cup of Sanctification

During Passover we celebrate our freedom from the world and sin


The Blessing Over the Wine/Grape Juice

Baruch atah Adonai Eloheynu Melech ha’olam borey pri hagafen.
Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who created the fruit of the vine.


The first cup is drunk


You wash your hands during Passover
because you are a priest before Yahweh and the table before you is His altar.

Who shall ascend unto the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in His holy Place? 
He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart. (Psalm 24:3-4)


The water bowls & towels are passed



Passover is a holiday that comes in the springtime, when the earth is becoming green with life.  This vegetable, called karpas, represents life, created and sustained by Almighty God.  Life in Egypt for the children of Israel was a life of pain, suffering, and tears, represented by this salt water.  Let us take a sprig of parsley and dip it into the salt water, remembering that life is sometimes immersed in tears.


To see a video of some of the ladies dipping their parsley into salt water




Allie asked "The 4 Questions" in Hebrew
then Alie asked "The 4 Questions" in English



The Four Questions
How different this night is from all other nights.
1. On all other nights we eat bread or matzah. 
Why on this night do we eat only matzah?
2. On all other nights we eat all kinds of vegetables.
Why on this night do we eat only bitter herbs?
3. On all other nights we do not dip our vegetables even once. 
Why on this night do we dip them twice?
4. On all other nights we eat our meals sitting or reclining. 
Why on this night do we eat reclining?

To see a video of Allie M. singing the 4 Questions in Hebrew



To see a video of Alie S. asking the 1st Question in English



On all other nights we eat bread with leaven, but on Passover we eat only matzah, unleavened bread.  The scriptures teach us that leaven symbolizes sin.


The matzah is explained

These three matzot are wrapped together for Passover
In the matzah we can see a picture of Messiah.  It is striped and pierced.



To see a video with the Matzah


The middle piece of the bread is broken.  One half is called the Afikomen or dessert.  It is wrapped in a white cloth just as Messiah’s body was wrapped in a white cloth for burial.  The Afikomen is hidden away during the Seder (just like Messiah was wrapped for burial and placed in a tomb), but it will return at the end of the Seder (just as Messiah will come again - for His Bride).


The middle matzah is broken and half is wrapped in a white cloth and hidden



On all other nights we eat all kinds of vegetables, but on Passover we eat only maror, bitter herbs. 


The maror (bitter herbs - horseradish) is scooped onto the matzah and tasted



The Second Cup - the Cup of Plagues



Blood, Frogs, Lice, Beast, Cattle Disease, Boils, Hail, Locust, Darkness, Death of the Firstborn


To see a video of some dipping their finger in the wine/juice and reciting the plagues


Breaking for the covered-dish Passover meal


Wane and Paul fellowship


After the meal, the Seder resumes and the Afikomen is "ransomed"
Jude receives a "reward" for finding the hidden Afikomen



The Third Cup - the Cup of Redemption



This is the Cup of Redemption, symbolizing the blood of the Passover lamb. 


Yeshua the Messiah lifted the cup, saying…
This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.”  (Luke 22:20)


Yeshua also said…
“I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s kingdom.” (Matthew 26:29)


Just as the blood of the lamb brought salvation in Egypt, so Messiah’s atoning death can bring salvation to all who believe in Him.


Elijah - the Prophet


This extra cup on the table is for Elijah the Prophet, Eliyahu Ha Navi. 


Kara Jane & Mary go to the door to see if Elijah the Prophet is there




“See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes.”  (Malachi 4:5)


Ali & Savanna enjoy the final part of the Seder


The Fourth Cup - the Cup of Praise



Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, and His love endures forever.


Everyone drinks the fourth and final cup of Passover


Our Passover Seder is now complete, just as our redemption is forever complete. 


La’sha-na ha-ba’ah bi Yerushalayim

Next year in Jerusalem!


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